Archive for Transitions

When a Resume Gets Shredded Because of Age

By Grady King – As a young preacher I was told, “We like you but we’re looking for someone with more experience.” As a middle aged preacher I was told, “We really need a younger preacher who can connect with our young couples and be here a while.” And after age 60, the lines on […]

Severance and Minister Transitions

by Jon Mullican –  As HOPE Network Ministry Partners travel to churches across the country coaching them in various areas of ministry (leadership, vision work, governance, transition to new preaching minister), we have seen many different approaches to minister transitions.  By their own admission, some churches have transitioned ministers poorly.  Other churches have gained a reputation […]

Committed to Transformation (part 4) – Barriers to Transformation

by Mark Frost – Author’s Note: The words, “From Transition to Transformation,” are part of the Interim Ministry Partners logo. This series of posts, based on 2 Corinthians 3:18, contains some of my reflections on how genuine transformation takes place, both in individual believers and in churches. Almost everyone has seen Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on […]

Committed to Transformation (part 3) – Unveiled Faces

by Mark Frost – We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. –2 Corinthians 3:18 The promise of the gospel message is transformation. That expectation is expressed biblically by words like regeneration, new birth, new […]

Committed to Transformation (part 2) – Beholding His Glory

by Mark Frost –  We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with everincreasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 The word Paul uses for being transformed is metamorphoo, which is obviously the root of our English word “metamorphosis.” Nothing speaks […]

Committed to Transformation (part 1) – Transformed by the Spirit

by Mark Frost – We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. –2 Corinthians 3:18 The Scripture says that we are being transformed, not that we have been transformed. It is an life-long process that […]

Transitions Through the Eyes of the Candidate – Responding to the Job Offer

by Greg Anderson – Luke 14:28, “”Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” In the previous three posts in this series, we explored possibilities you may wish to consider as you move from the initial […]

Transitions Through the Eyes of the Candidate – The Full Team Interview

by Greg Anderson – In the previous two posts in this series, we explored possibilities related to a candidate’s informal and formal responses to an inquiry from a search team member from a church that is looking to hire a minister. We encouraged you to pause and take a deep breath, prayerfully process if the Holy […]

Transitions Through the Eyes of the Candidate – The First Official Conversation

by Greg Anderson – In the previous post in this series, we explored possibilities related to a candidate’s initial response to an inquiry from a search team member from a church that is looking to hire a minister. We encouraged you to pause and take a deep breath, prayerfully process if the Holy Spirit is leading […]

Transitions Through the Eyes of the Candidate – The Initial Call

by Greg Anderson – You are in the middle of planning your sermon for the upcoming week when your cell phone rings. You do not recognize the number. You don’t even recognize the area code. You take the risk that it is not a marketing call, and after a quick “hello” hear something like… “Hi. My […]